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the boy scouts as newly released files shows leaders were banned because of accusations of sexual misconduct. plus -- hear that alarm? a car payment is due. a device that reminds us in the most annoying way. >> unheard of in the history of the game. how great were they? >> justin verlander leaves the cheers for miguel cab rerra. this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning. i'm carol costello. we begin with breaking news out of the middle east where a car bomb has rocked the city of beirut. at least five people have been injured. three of them seriously in the
attack. nick paton walsh describing the scene as one of chaos. we will continue to monitor the story and bring any new developments. on to politics but not the kind you are probably used to. take a deep breath and laugh. the presidential candidates and their wives skipped the campaign trail and hit the circuit, a new way perhaps to reach out to undecided voters. ann romney went to "the view." michelle obama went to kelly ripa. and the alford e. smith memorial dinner, a roast featuring presidential candidates. >> earlier today i went shopping at stores in mid town. i understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in mid town. >> we are down to the final months of the president's term.
as president obama surveys the banquet room with everyone in white tie and finery you have to wonder what he's thinking. so little time. so much to redistribute. >> tonight is not about the disagreements governor romney and i may have. it's what we have in common beginning with our unusual names. actually mitt is his middle name. i wish i could use my middle name. >> the campaign can require a lot of wardrobe changes. blue jeans in the morning perhaps, suits for a lunch fundrais fundraiser. it is nice to relax and wear what ann and i wear around the house. >> after my foreign trip in 2008 i was attacked as a celebrity because i was so popular with our allies overseas.
i have to say i'm impressed with how well governor romney has avoided that problem. >> president obama and i are each very lucky to have one person always in our corners, someone to lean on and a comforting presence without whom we wouldn't be able to go another day. i have my beautiful wife, ann. he has bill clinton. >> tomorrow it's back to campaigning. the cities and towns across our great country. i hear the same thing everywhere i go. honestly we were hoping to see michelle. >> usually when i get invited to gatherings like this it is just to be the designated driver. >> just think two days ago obama and romney were stopping each other during a consench s tenti debate.
president obama sat down with jon stewart. >> we weren't confused about the fact that four americans had been killed. i wasn't confused about the fact that we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world. >> you would admit it is not the optimal response at least to the american people as far as us being on the same page. >> here is what i will say. if four americans get killed it's not optimal. >> and those words not optimal are making the rounds on conservative websites this morning and will be for mitt romney. dan lothian joins us to talk about that. >> reporter: you are right. we have seen the romney campaign really go after this white house on the issue of libya, concerns that this administration has not been transparent and concerns that this president has not been strong enough in addressing the issues of terrorism. and concerned about the way that
the administration has been slow to really roll out the real story on libya. as of yet the romney campaign officially has not released anything on this but senator john mccain who is a surrogate for the campaign was on fox news and said, quote, it is just so inappropriate and i'm sure that the families of those brave americans are not amused. i did reach out to a couple of officials on the white house. one official told me they would be getting back to me shortly. so far nothing from the white house in response to the president's comments on the jon stewart show. when you are in the campaign season even on a show like this where it is about having fun that the president's words can be dissected and get him into trouble. >> dan lothian reporting live from the white house this morning. as both campaigns fight for women and their votes they might want to take note of a new poll.
according to gallu up 39% of the registered voters say the top issue is abortion. it's abortion that ann romney talked about with the ladies on abc's "the view." >> one of the things with your husband was that when he was a governor he was prochoice. and now is against abortions except in the case of rape and incest. were you the same way when he was a governor? have you changed? >> you know, the good news is i'm not running for office and i don't have to say what i feel. i am pro life. i'm happy to say that. >> during the interview ann romney explains her husband's views on abortion changed when he was given a stem cell bill to sign while he was governor of massachusetts. foreign policy will be the topic
of the discussion. in order news this morning jerry sandusky's lawyers are asking for a new trial, filed an appeal arguing there wasn't enough evidence to convict sandusky. he was sentenced to no less than 30 years in prison. now for the first time the victim whose accusations launched the investigation is speaking out. his name is aaron fisher. he is known as victim number one. he told "people" magazine -- fisher wrote a book about the the abuse. it comes out next week. the boy scouts are apologizing to some members and their families after the release of confidential files on accused child sex abusers and showed the group banned more than 1,000
volunteers after they were accused of inappropriate conduct involving boys. >> reporter: one shows one was placed in the file in the early 1970s. he took treatment and he was allegedly cured. the suspected molester got cleared to lead scouts again. in 1982 he was accused of molesting two boys on a camping trip. he responded he was guilty and everything was exactly as the boys had indicated. the boys parents agreed not to proceed with prosecution and the scouts never reported the alleged pedophile to police. >> these go back to 40 and 50 years old where we did not do the job we should have. and for that we are profoundly sorry. i'm convinced that this organization has a firm and ever lasting deep commitment to youth protection. >> reporter: scouts are now taught to recognize, resist and
report abuse and that two adults be present at all activities preventing one-on-one situations with leaders and scouts. the files alleged pedophiles lure the child to the homes and molested them. a scout leader disrobed after cornering a boy. >> we can learn a lot. it is consistent. it's almost always somebody that is the pied piper. >> reporter: he says those popular scout leaders are rampant in the perversion files. now on several legal fronts lawyers for abused victims are trying to get more names of alleged pedophiles, in some cases suing to get the confidential files made public.
that's not all. abuse victims lawyers are calling on congress to audit whether the youth protection methods are working. >> those files span from 20 years from 1965 to 1985. the boy scouts say two-thirds of them have already involved law enforcement. an 83-year-old lesbian is celebrating. the act denies benefits to same sex couples. critics are accusing the court of imposing views on america. the issue is expected to end up in the u.s. supreme court. alarms wake us up and tell us when our laundry is done. you think we wouldn't need more alarms but you are wrong.
that is the sound drivers hear when their car payment is late. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. seriously? >> this is a car alarm that will annoy you and nag you. it is made by a company called past time. it is a big fat reminder to send in your car paent. it can shut down your car remotely if you are really, really late on payments. it even has a gps that can track the car if it needs to be repossessed. many people still like it. it helps people with credit issues actually buy the car. one dealership owner said this. >> some of your smaller dealers require more down. i am able to do it with a little bit less and work with people. first time buyers or people that have filed bankruptcy i can do
all of them. >> could be a win for dealers and banks, too. because some say it cuts down on late payments. you have to deal with big brother watching you in the car. who needs a significant other when you have alarms to remind you and nag you? >> that's just a horrible idea. i can't stand it. alison kosik, thanks for sharing. let's talk sports. the detroit tigers moving on to the world series after sweeping the yankees in the american league championship series. the tigers blew the game open. he hit a two-run blast. three batters later he smacked a two-run homer. the pitcher put in another strong post season start for the tigers rotation. detroit goes on to win, 8-1. the yankees never led in this series. the cardinals of st. louis
on tim lincecum. the two time cy young award winner gave up two runs. adam wayneright head the giants. st. louis wins 8-3. the cardinals can advance to the world series with a win tonight. many black pastors say the battle over same sex marriage is splitting their community. i will talk with a pastor who is calling the latest federal court ruling a dark day for the church.
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pictures. a surveillance camera shows the store clerk running for her life from a man with a gun. she sprints out of the store. she is okay. police are still searching for the gunman. >> lance armstrong expected to make his first public appearance since the mountain of doping evidence. armstrong will be part of the live strong 15th anniversary event in austin. several sponsors have bailed on him including nike. and another strike against the federal government's defense of marriage act for the second time a federal appeals court has declared the law unconstitutional because it denies marriage benefits to same sex couples. joining me now is reverent bryant in baltimore, he is the
pastor of a church that opposes same sex marriage. welcome. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm good. this issue will be decided in the u.s. supreme court. it does seem that you're on the losing side. do you see it that way? >> i'm always on the winning side when i'm on god's side. but i feel like culture seems to be outwinning our faith. we are going to have to really do a call for the church to step up on its principles and values because it is our responsibility to impact culture, not for culture to make us a just faith. >> the issue of same sex marriage has split the african american community although it appears the split may be shrinking. the n a aacp said it supported same sex marriage in the state of maryland and that pastors support it, too. >> as a christian pastor i affirm the naacp's position that civil marriage is a civil right.
this really is not a religious issue. >> so that's from one of the other pastors in the baltimore area. the naacp is on board, too. what do you think of his comments? >> i think it is a grave injustice. you will notice that they would not bring an imam from the mosque to make a statement that it was not a religious issue. they would not bring a rabi out to say that. they found a few group of compromising ministers. they are at the microphone because of their position. i think the black church has always been forth right about our accountability has to stay strong. what kind of house can stand in a planet that has no consciousness? >> churches are -- aren't forced
to marry same sex couples but it is a civil matter. >> we have to reexamine what family life looks like and how the country is based on a christian representing that marriage is defined with one man and one woman. and i think that our communities are going to become resolved when our pastors become clear headed about our faith. >> i would add one more thing because the federal judge that helped make that decision in the federal court in new york said this is really a civil rights matter. homosexuals are not in a position to adequately protect themselves from the discriminatory wishes of the majority public. t that came from a conservative judge in new york city and said it is a civil issue and not a religious issue and said same
sex couples should have the same rights. >> it is a difference when you get married you do it under a witness under god. it is a sacred ceremony with clear and deep religious overtones. it is performed at the alter. a bible is the focal point. we understand the original intention of god beginning in the book of genesis is a marriage family between adam and eve. i think america is going in a downward spiral. as we move towards the supreme court and very well past it it is a death processional about the morality of our nation and where we need to return back to. >> thanks for joining us this morning live in baltimore. vice president joe biden is at it again. republicans are pouncing on another comment biden made on the campaign trail. we'll ask you if that comment was out of line. i'm a conservative investor. i invest in what i know. i turned 65 last week.
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now is your chance to talk on one of the big stories of the day. was joe biden's bullet remark out of line?
here we go again. i could start every talk with here we go again. talk about mudslinging or gun slinging. joe biden directed verbal ammo in paul ryan's direction and another republican congressman who like to call themselves young guns. >> they are good fathers and good husbands. i don't understand how they believe and they do believe. ryan has written a book called "young guns." you had the bullets aimed at you. >> the people in the back. strange. it didn't take long for republicans to cry foul. cnn contributor eric erickson tweeted joe biden tells crowds that gop bullets are aimed at them.
wonder what gabrielle giffords thinks of that rhetoric. sarah palin used a map to targett democrats for defeat. democrats pounced accusing palin as contributing to giffords suffering. dare i say palin shot back. >> within hours of a tragedy unfolding journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood liable that serves only to insight the hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. >> senator john mccain defended saying political campaigns use war-like rhetoric. was joe biden's bullet remark out of line? free speech on the football
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court. he said his prove was not an expression of a religious belief. so what is the top issue for women voters? equal pay? mitt romney's binders of women comment? the economy? nope. it is abortion. 39% of women say abortion is the number one issue for them in the campaign and that has more than a few women asking. abortion? why now? maybe because there is so much controversial issues. yesterday ann romney talked about her own take on abortion. >> one of the things with your husband was that when he was a governor he was prochoice.
and now is against abortions except in the case of rape and incest. i wonder what your views are. were you the same way when he was a governor? have you changed? >> you know, the good news is i'm not running for office and i don't have to say what i feel but i am pro life. i'm happy to say that. >> joining me to talk about all of this is cnn contributor and mar mar maria cordona. i was stunned by this gallup poll. i felt like i was transported back to 1973. do you believe the poll? >> i don't. it strikes me as an exaggeration. i don't believe the poll that has mitt romney up by seven points. i think the numbers are a little big this week. i didn't see the break down.
39% of women say abortion is their number one issue. what i didn't see is how many of those were prolife and how many of those were prochoice. and i think that is a very interesting break down. where the economy is and where jobs are and families with so many kids unemployed and so many women hard hit it is surprising to me that this would be the number one issue. it has gotten an enormous amount of attention in the debate and political trail. >> you are not kidding. another congressman made comments about abortion last night and they are quite controversial. >> this is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable. there is no such exception as life of the mother. and as far as health of the mother same thing with advances in science and technology health
of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason. >> he appears to be saying that women are using the excuse of health of the mother to get abortions, at least that is how it sounds to me. because these comments are out there, might that be a reason that women are concerned about the abortion issue? >> absolutely, carol. i think those kinds of clueless remarks really make women think about what it is that republican men are trying to do. there is a huge dissidents in that. i think women are looking across the landscape of state legislatures across the country in florida and virginia to very important swing states where 83 laws have been passed in the last year restricting abortion services and providers. and in that they also restrict
health care for women. i think that in terms of women they are looking at this and saying so all of these republican men are trying to tell me what i need to do with my body. and i don't think that they appreciate that. and this has been something that the gop has put front and center. and i don't think it is going to be helpful to them in the 19 days left to the election. >> it is true mitt romney is pro life. he believes there are exceptions for the life of the mother in cases of rape and incest. when you have comments like what joe walsh just said, it just paints republican men in an unrealistic way, perhaps. >> carol, let me tell you something, if we got rid of every congressman and legislator who said something ridiculous and ignorant we would be left with precious few people in the united states congress. i almost would say we need
biology 101 class before anybody is elected to congress. that comment strikes me as ridiculous and unscientifically correct. and i just think that it is not -- i think men should be careful when they are talking about things like abortion and rape and things that they clearly don't understand. maybe our solution is to let more republican and democratic women to office who understand these issues better. i would give some advice to everybody running for office don't use metaphors using rape, abortion, the holocaust, slavery, using guns and cross hairs. let's keep it on the substance. >>. [ laughter ] >> i think we can all agree on that one. thanks for conversing with me this morning. justin timberlake and
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justin timberlake and his fiance are reportedly getting ready to tie the knot in italy this weekend. kareen wynter is in los angeles to tell us more. good morning. >> we'll have to see after months of speculation in the press it looks like the big day is almost here for justin and jessica, maybe, maybe not. they have been photographed in italy partying with a crowd of friends. it seems that every tabloid is touting the news that the wedding is this weekend. neither party is talking about the nuptials. it is supposed to be a secret wedding. i should point out that the tabloids have been wrong in the
past about this couple's wedding date. maybe they are toying with the paparazzi. whenever they get married this will be the first marriage for the pair who started dating in 2007. the paparazzi never get invites but are the first ones to show up. we'll see. >> they make a lot of money that way. "animal practice" has been cancelled and peta is celebrating. >> they protested the show featuring a monkey dressed in a lab coat and they said that is cruel. they are crowing saying the cancellation sends a strong message that using animals for cheap laughs on tv shows is uninteresting to today's viewers. the ratings were weak which is why it was cancelled. it probably didn't help that the show was most memorable to irritating viewers.
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things. from danny ryan writes a book called the young guns and the republicans are upset. sounds like a bunch of kids. mom he called me a name. let's get it done and over with. amen, tim. george zimmerman back in court today. his defense team is expected to ask for a delay in his trial in a bid to speak to more witnesses. they are seeking the release of trayvon martin's school transcripts. the secretary of state says it ain't happening. clinton says while her two-decade career has been an honor she is ready to have a
little personal time away from the world stage. so what is the trick to getting over a tough breakup? ice cream, buying a fancy new gadget? how about a check for $30 million. >> she broke up with me but right now i'm not worried about it. i was heart broken at first but now i'm getting over it. >> he says he'll use the money to continue helping his family. he will donate some to his community and he will quit his job. put on the goggles and pop the champagne. the detroit tigers are american league champs while the yankees are american league chumps. take a look at the cover of the post today. did the tigers win the series or did the yankees lose it? the str, home of the legendary grand prix circuit. the perfect place to bring the all-new cadillac ats to test the 2.0-liter turbo engine.
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the detroit tigers are heading to the world series after wins american league championship series. vince, good morning. >> good morning, carol. you were breathless when you were talking about your tigers there. >> i know, i'm in heaven. i can't even believe it. i know you're going to say the yankees lost this series but, come on, the tigers won. all i'm hearing about is the yankees losing. >> i think it's a little bit of both. obviously the tigers played terrific baseball and their pitching was fantastic. if you hold the yankees to two earned runs, that's special. they held the yankees to six runs total. let's face it, this yankees team went in the tank and they weren't the same after jeter fractured an ankle in game one. still, a sweep is a sweep, carol. for the first time in 32 years,
the yankees are swept out of a postseason series. like at prince fielder. the celebration is on in detroit. >> man, he wanted to catch that ball. he said stay away from me, i'm catching that last out of gate. i think in watching the postgame celebration and the interviews with jim leyland that the yankees management could learn something about a family atmosphere for a team and what it takes to win. >> it was very touching following the game when dave dombrowski and jim leyland were at the microphone and the crowd was into it, as they should be, but you could tell this was indeed very much a family atmosphere. here's leyland in his postgame comments addressing this win. >> we're blessed with an owner and a family that has done unbelievable things for the city of detroit. [ cheers and applause ] and even more unbelievable things for the detroit tigers. but as always, this goes out to
the players. they're the guys that win the games, they're the guys that pay the price. and finally let me thank the 3 million plus that came to watch us this year that never lost the faith. thank you very much. >> carol, this is why guys love to play for jim leyland. that's the kind of manager he, is he's terrific, always creds the ball players. >> exactly. if you contrast the fan re, a i know the new york yankees were losing but the fans turned on them. they were bitter. i know that's kind of their m.o. but take a look at the "new york post" this morning, and the headliners there. maybe that all entered into this because the yankees looked like they'd given up. >> there's plenty of blame to go around. you can point the finger at a lot of people. a-rod, his numbers are absolutely horrible.
.125 in postseason batting average, no rbis, 0 for 18, 12 strikeouts verse right-handed pitching. but joe girardi, the yankee manager said, 3 for 30, nick swisher, cano was brutal. they're talking abouts possibility of moving some players, in particular a-rod, who has a hefty contract remaining, five years worth $114 million. can he be traded? yeah, but the yankees would have to eat a lot of that contract to be traded. >> he's sitting there flirting with fans in the stand allegedly and all of new york wants him to go, i can't see that he'll stay, even if he's in his contract that he has that no-trade clause. but stranger things have
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rah! ah! >> but the real ah! moment was when charlie spotted a little dog stranded on rocks since the tide came in. >> he just sat there like a little dooud wondering what the hell to do. it's okay. it's okay, it's okay, it's okay. >> the dog later identified as bam-bam was maroon ood at the tip of a rock jetty, submerged by high tide. >> how surprised were you to see a dog there? >> i was shocked. a remarkable sight. >> though the dog was panicking, charlie managed to lift her into his paddle boat. his iphone call mera in a waterproof case -- >> in moments he would have been a goner. >> he paddled the dog to the
hampton inn. the rocks on which the dog was stuck was part of a man-made sea wall and the pooch ended up going from one groin to another. >> oh, that's it, boy. what are you doing out here? all right, let's get you in. >> he realized i was there to help him, he nuzzled up between my legs in a nice way and i brought him in. >> jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> oh, maty, what are you doing out here? >> a happy ending. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts now. >> presidential laughs, not attacks. the two candidates get all fancied up and try to woo uncommitted voters. u.s. contractors who went to afghanistan to work are caught on tape doing something entirely different. internet giant google now
searching for answers. an early grim earnings release sent its shares into a tail spin. and cheerleaders at a texas high school enjoying a victory. "newsroom" start now. >> take a deep breath and laugh. the presidential candidates and their wives skip the campaign trail and hit the circuit, a new way perhaps to reach out to undecided voters. ann romney went on "the view" to talk up her husband. michelle obama did the same with kelly ripa and michael strahan. but the biggest event, the alfred e. smith memorial dinner. its tradition, a roast featuring presidential candidates. >> earlier today i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in
midtown. >> we're down to the final months of the president's term. [ laughter ] as president obama waldo waldorf ban yet room, you have to wonder what he's thinking, sole little time, so much to redistribute. >> tonight is not about the disagreement, governor romney and i may have. it what we have in common, beginning with our unusual names. actually, mitt is his middle name. i wish i could use my middle name. >> a campaign can require a lot of wardrobe changes. blue jeans in the morning perhaps, suits for a lunch fund-raiser, sport coat for dinner, but it's nice to finally relax and wear what ann and i wear around the house.
>> two days ago obama and romney were stalking each other during a contentious debate. last night they helped raise $5 million for needy kids in new york. when it comes to the serious campaign issues, what would you say is number one among women voters? according to gallup, it's abortion by a big margin. nearly 39d% of those women think abortion is the number one issue. maybe abortion tops the list because of all those controversial comments surrounding the issue that are coming out this election season. just last night it happened again. illinois republican congressman joe walsh intimated women use the threat to life as an excuse to get an abortion. >> this is an issue that opponents to life throw out to their to make us look unreasonable. there's no exception for life of the mother. as far as health of the mother,
same thing. with advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions for any time under any reason. >> congressman walsh is running for reelection against democratic challenger iraq war veteran tammy duck worworth. this election could hinge on how women in key battleground states vote. miguel, i understand you spent some time with some business women who are kind of still wavering on their choice. what did they say. >> reporter: i did indeed. we're spending time with dairy farmers as well. wisconsin is a state in play. republicans think they might be able to take it this time. here we are milking cows in
wisconsin. this is a county and state in play, in a place that hasn't voted for a republican since reagan in 1984. the rank family has farmed here since grover cleveland was president. they have run the family dairy for 16 years. >> right underneath. >> reporter: twice a days, 3 a.m. and p.m., they milk their 80 cows. they want to expand but government debt is acting like an anchor on the economy. >> have either of you made up your mind about who you're going to vote for? >> i have a pretty good idea. >> reporter: but still could change it? >> could change it. anything could change. >> reporter: so what is it they want out of a white house? >> going to take someone who wants to strap on their big boy boots and really take charge and say we are in a world of hurt, we need change. >> voters here take elections
seriously. turnout is high and most voters independent. to give you an idea of just how swinging wisconsin is, these counties voted for george bush in 2000 and 2004. those same counties voted obama in '08. there are more bush to obama swing counties in wisconsin than any other state. even in the same family votes often split. >> i am voting for romney. >> you are voting for romney. >> we're making upside down stars. >> they struggled but their business grew, now in a bigger space and three new employees. >> are social issues or economic issues bigger for you? >> i have to go with economic just because of our country. but social issues are important. it isn't anybody's right to tell a woman what they can or can't
do with their body. >> reporter: carol rents out most of her farmland and says she works harder than ever just to keep her head above water. >> do you have any sense of the campaign -- >> oh, yes, hot and heavy, in the mail and on the phone. >> reporter: both campaigns in overdrive working for their votes in the final stretch. we have a little breaking news. just a few hours after we shot that story the other day, these two little guys were born, twins, to a single heifer. the family wouldn't tell us who they're voting for. they did name this little cutie mitt and this little cutie barack. we don't think they give a hoot about polls, carol. >> oh, i just love that. you just made my day. >> reporter: they're really adorable. >> they are. i'm just glad you got away from that other cow that appeared to want to eat your hand. >> reporter: that one is about 2
months old. he loved me. >> you should bring him home. bring him home to new york with you. >> reporter: i'll pack him inside my bag. >> bye mitt and barack. foreign policy will the topic of the presidential debate on monday night. >> turning to a developing story in the middle east where a car bomb has robbed the city of beirut. the car was reportedly parked in front of a library and a lebanese news agency reports at least eight people have died, another 78 have been wounded. the scene is described as chaotic, one that shook the windows at cnn's offices ten minutes away. we'll continue to monitor this story and bring you any new details as we get them. >> for the first time the man known as victim number one of the jerry sandusky trial is speaking out. here's what aaron fisher told abc news.
>> you weren't able to say, nope, this guy's a monster and sexually assaulted me. >> i couldn't do it. >> why? >> embarrassment, fear of not being believed. >> fisher wrote a book about the abuse. it's coming out next week. in the meantime jerry sandusky's lawyers are asking for a new trial. they filed an appeal arguing there wasn't enough evidence to convict sandusky and they didn't have enough time to prepare. a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by the taliban has recovered enough to be able to stand up on her own this morning. malala cannot speak yet but her doctors say she is communicating very freely by writing notes. this latest report is encouraging, suggesting malala is well on the road to recovery.
>> it's earnings seasons on wall street. google is blaming the printer for sending out the numbers four hours early and shares dropped nearly 10% because of that? what happened? >> reporter: a big oops, that's what happened. google is blaming financial printer r.r. doesn'tlnnelly. to anybody who follows these releases, this came as a big shock. earnings come out four times a year, it's down to the hour, it's very, very routine. what happened is these earnings came out early yesterday. they weren't complete. a goodnd kateor of that, look at the top of the filing, it says "pending layy" it just wasn't
ready for primetime. google wasn't ready putting it together. you look on twitter, "pending larry" was immediately put on twitter, the jokes started flying. it was funny. look at this. the stock dropped immediately after the release. even offer the nasdaq, google shares had to be halted from trading for a while before they resumed before the closing bell. at the end of the day, though, google shares ended down 8%. carol, maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if google's earnings were good and released early but the problem was they weren't good. google's third quarter profit and revenue missed expectations. but right now shares are recovering a little bit, up a fraction of a percent. carol? >> all right. caught on tape, americans working as contractors in afghanistan accused of drinking
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hour. accused fort hood shooter can be forcibly shaved. that's the ruling of a military appeals court. he did not prove his beard was an expression of a sincerely held religious belief. >> take a look at these pictures. you saw the store clerk there, she made that incredible leap, flipping over a 7-foot wall. she was running for her life from a man with a gun. she gets up after vaulting out of that wall, sprints out of that store with the masked man close behind her. the clerk is shaken this morning. she's okay, she managed to escape. police are searching for the gunman. >> lance armstrong is expected to make his first appearance today. he'll be at an anniversary event
in austin tonight. several huge sponsors have bailed on him, including nike. but nike says it will still continue to support livestrong. >> starting next year you'll be able to stash away an extra $500 in your retirements about. the tax-free limit will increase to $17,500, up from $17,000 this year. it's the second year in a row the irs has boosted the contribution limit as a result of rising inflation. >> so drunk they could not even defend themselves in the event of an attack. that's the accusation by two former employees of a u.s. security contractor in afghanistan against their own colleagues. the men say this amateur video proves the drinking put others in harm's way and damaged relations with the afghan people. it's all part of a whistleblower lawsuit. brian todd has more for you. >> reporter: staggering around half naked, seemingly drunk,
wrestling, shouting at the man videotaping them. >> [ bleep ]! >> reporter: this is amateur video from earlier this year of people working for an american security contractor in kabul, afghanistan. this man identified as the country's security manager for the contracting firm george scientific. >> it reminded me of any times i visited my friends going to college that were in fraternities. the parties at the frat houses were out of control. >> reporter: john nelson is one of two former employees filing a seven-pig lawsuit against the firm for allegedly committing fraud against the u.s. government. they say they were harassed for trying to blow the whistle. the company denies that. they allege rampant drinking, drug use, the misuse of firearms. the video was shot on a cell phone by another former employee, kenny smith. he tapes himself complaining he's being awaken by the
behavior. >> reporter: how often did you observe this behavior? >> the misbehavior was actually almost every other night, several times a week. it was just at any given time they could just say, hey, we're going to get together tonight and walk outside. typically at the end of the evening, sometime late afternoon. >> smith said he and nelson tried to stop the behavior, taking it to the top levels of the company. he says they were told it would be addressed. in this section of the video, a man identified as the security firm's medic appears incoherent. there's a syringe on the floor. the plaintiffs claimed he'd injected a horse tranquilizer called ketamine. >> how can the medic be doing his job or security contractors be able to protect those training the afghan police? then you have the fact that they're having this behavior in the middle of kabul, so they're
blowing up ammunition in bonfires. >> reporter: that's a reference to this video of a bonfire at the kabul facility, which the suit claims led to injuries. contacted by cnn, george scientific issued a statement saying it took decisive action to correct the unsemable behavior of limited up in of employees. but george scientific denies committing fraud. representatives for the company say the man identified at security manager and the other man in these scenes did not have top security roles, that they had administrative and support jobs, sometimes driving. i asked the plaintiff's lawyer about that. >> the people representing the company say these guys had no security detail, that they were just administrative support. >> that's a gross understatement of what these individuals did. these individuals are the security manager for the facility and the operations manager of security for the entire country of afghanistan for the company. they were supposed to protect
their own people as well as the local afghans from attack. >> reporter: george scientific refutes that, reiterating those men did not have a protective role for local afghans and that they would not have been tasked with protecting the facility from attack. company representatives say no one involved in the video is still working for them and the firm is conducting its own investigation. the military is supposed to oversee those contractors. contacted by cnn, officials from the nato command, the international security assistance force, said they take the allegations very seriously and they said the u.s. army's criminal investigation division is looking into the allegations. we made attempts to reach the other two men in that video aside from that medic and were not able to. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> vice president joe biden is at a again. republicans pouncing on another comment biden made on the campaign trail. it involved bullets. "tackback "talkback" is next.
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, was joe biden's bullet remark out of line? here we go again. i could start every "talkback"
with here we go again. talk about mud slinging or gun slinging, locked and loaded, joe biden -- >> they're not bad men, they're decent men, good father, they're good husbands. but i don't understand how they believe -- and they do believe -- ryan has written a book called "the young guns" with two other fellas, members of the house. no, these are the republican leaders in the house. you had -- unfortunately, the bullets are aimed at you. >> it didn't take long for republicans to cry foul. joe biden tells the crowd that gop bullets are aimed at them. wonder what gabrielle giffords thinks of that rhetoric. you see, like elephants,
republicans remember everything. >> especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that incites the hatred and violence they purport to condemn. >> biden said they have always used war-like rhetoric. now joe biden's bullets are aimed at you. was joe biden's bullet remark out of line? your comments later this hour. >> unless you work for a political campaign, should your political views matter at your job? can you be discriminated for
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call or visit us online. we're ready to help. coming up on 30 minutes past the hour, the pakistani school girl shot in the head for defying the taliban is now able to stand up. doctors say malala is doing well and communicating very freely by writing notes. but of course she still has a long way to go to fully recover. >> hackers believed to be supported by the iranian government have attacked more u.s. banks this week. according to u.s. officials, capital one and db & t were hit on tuesday. no accounts were compromised. the attacks may be in response to western sanctions on iran.
>> and the nasa rover will pick up rocks and examine them. scientists believe they may be indigenous to mars. >> what if you were held back at work because of your political views? a university of iowa professor said it's happening to her right now. theresa wagner is suing the university of iowa. she says twice she was passed over for full-time positions because she's a republican, this despite positive views and her claims of being the most qualified. welcome, will. >> hi, carol. >> you're a lawyer. >> i am. >> you're passionately following this case. why? >> i am. it's not because as some of your viewers might know, i'm a conservative. i lack that one essential quality of a great pundit and that's outrage. i'm a little outrage deficient. so this one really bothers me. can a state employee, a
government employee like the university of iowa discriminate against a potential employees because of their police call beliefs. the trial should wind up today where she says she has e-mails that discussed her political beliefs, they worried it might be a problem. she once worked for the national right to life foundation. she says she has proof. it wouldn't be a big surprise. 75% of college professors self-identify as liberals to only 15% conservative. former harvard president larry somers, who worked for president obama, has worried that this could be a result of discrimination in higher education. i think that presents real problems. >> she's even saying it's a constitutional issue, but it's discriminating against someone's political views a constitutional issue? >> she's making a first amendment claim. she's saying by denying her this
job because of her beliefs and associations, they're intruding upon her first amendment rights. the government has said -- the supreme court has said the government cannot deny you employment, cannot base your hiring decision based upon your political beliefs. they make one exception and that's for policy makers. for example, barack obama could deny a cabinet position to grover norquist, right? they don't agree and that's kind of an important part of the process. but are colleges policy makers? are law schools policy makers? that's an important answer to that question. i think no, unless we're treating universities and law schools as like institutions for teaching a certain way of thinking or a certain ideology, we've got a real constitutional violation here. >> in fairness to the university and it's not commenting because this thing is going to court, right, the university claims that she had a terrible interview and that's really why she wasn't given the job. so you can't really rule that out, right? >> no, you can't.
that's their claim, right. they're saying they did not discriminate her based on her political beliefs, they're saying she gave a terrible interview. whether that's true, that's something for the jury to sort out this week. does she have valid proof of discrimination or is the cool right, it was about the interview? it's a bigger question for all of us, that is should your political beliefs be a valid claim for discrimination, ideological discrimination when it comes to employment, if it exists. >> you've written a fascinating article about this on if you want to know more, log on to >> thanks, will cain. >> throughout her tour, madonna has been shooting a prop gun at audiences. now her gun stunt is striking a nerve for the people in denver. . what we need are people
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people who live in and around denver are quite upset at madonna saying her gun stunt is insensitive. it's part of madonna's routine during the song "gang bang" but the community is still recovering from that shooting in nearby aurora. >> reporter: carol, madonna and even more controversy. to think colorado residents are still healing after the deadly shootings in places like aurora, we can't forget about columbine. they were a little upset and sounded off on twitter. given madonna's past, a lot of people think this is a publicity stunt. on this tour alone, let's count the ways she's generate $ her share of attention by putting a swastika on the photo of a french politician, flashing a crowd in turkey, mooning a crowd and protesting an anti-gay law in russia and i don't think
those incidents even rank in madonna's top ten of absolutely outrageous stage stunts. but on this tour she's consistently brought out a fake a.k.-47 at stops on her shows and really used it as a prop. this may be a case of the local crowd being sensitive to something madonna didn't consider. perhaps there were reports that madonna was two hours late to take the stage. this is a complaint that has followed her around the world. the tickets may say 8 p.m. but madonna doesn't take the stage before 10:00 p.m. that's the real schedule. if you're going to see her, be prepared to just wait a little bit perhaps. oh, madonna. >> a question, are her concerts sellouts? >> they're doing quite well. one of our supervising producers here who actually got the rare chance to see the backstage happenings, you know, how the whole production takes place says it's quite impressive.
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political types everywhere are keeping a close eye on the senate race in missouri. you know, the race that features congressman todd akin and
senator claire mccaskell. they squared off in a big deb e debate, missing one key things, the comments that akin made about legitimate rape. last night you could call it the elephant in the room. senator mccaskell talked about feminine issues but did not bing up the comment. >> he supports the boss being able to decide whether or not you get paid less because you're a woman. if you look at congressman akin's office, he is a boss that does that. his women staff make 23.4% less than the men in his office. >> claire mccaskell seems to want to escape from the failed basic economic mess that's been created in washington. and of course her advertising and everything backs up anything but taking a look at where we are with the economy and jobs. >> joining me now, political
reporter for the st. louis post dispatch, kevin mcdermott. welcome, kevin. >> hi, carol. >> why do you think claire mccaskell did not bring up the legitimate rape comment last night? >> that surprised everybody. i think she was counting on the panel to bring it up and when they didn't it, might have been one of those situations of how do you smoothly do that? it was the first question asked in the previous debate between them and it's gotten quite a bait of air time on her commercials and other settings. so it's not as if it's not out there. they were asked afterward about what they thought about the fact that it didn't come up. congressman akin's smokesmpokes said he thinks it's probably blown over. >> what do you think? has it blown over?
in missouri? >> you know, it's probably easy watching this from around the country to think how can they be talking about anything else? but when you think about it, how many things can you say about one sentence? i will say senator mccaskell's campaign has clearly made efforts to tie other issues into this. if you listened to much of the debate last night, a lot of it was about women's issues, the equal pay, contraceptive access, those kinds of things, which she obviously is opening feeds back into what people know about the legitimate rape comment. >> it's interesting because a new gallup poll came out and said the number one issue for women voters is abortion. does that surprise you and might it be why claire mccaskell was talking so much about women's issues in the debate? >> yeah, i don't know if she had that poll specifically in mind. i think that she does realize that for her to win this, she needs to reach the middle. i mean, she's not going to get
the conservatives in this race. missouri's become a more conservative state in the past few years, we know that. so she's trying to reach those women who might not agree with her on every economic issue, might not agree with her stance on stimulus spending or affordable care act but doesn't want the government in the business of regulating abortion. she didn't actually say the word abortion last night. she speaks more broadly about women's issues. any time you talk about women's issues in the missouri senate race, anybody who is paying attention, that's a button that's being pushed, the legitimate rape, todd akin's comment. >> and just a final question. it's about the polls in missouri. some polls say senator mccaskell is up by 14 points, others say it's neck and neck. what's the truth in your mind? >> well, we had a poll right after his controversial comments in august that showed her up by 9 points. she had previously been way down. that was a huge swing. her campaign followed up with
one that showed a similar spread. she came out with the 14-point poll. that was an internal poll. we tend not to pay that much attention to internal polls. if i had to guess, i'd say you're probably somewhere lower than the 9% that it was. he's making a real effort among conservatives. but a pretty clear that she has the upper hand. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you, carol. >> it was hot this summer, no doubt about that. now it looks like that warming trend will stick around for winter. rob marciano joins us now. how hot is it going to be this winter? >> in spots it will be above average. last winter was the fourth warmest winter on record. some of the bigger cities got barely any snow at all. you hear us talk about la nina
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can keep bringing religious banners and signs to games through the end of the school year. rebecca richardson is a cheerleader at the high school, her mother is the cheerleader sponsor and mike is a lawyer representing all of them. hello to all of you. >> hi. >> rebecca, do you feel victorious? >> i do. i'm really excited to use the sign tonight. >> what are you going to put on the sign? >> i don't remember the reference but it's things that impossible with man are possible with god. >> aw. beth, i'd like to ask you why do you think it's important that your daughter be involved in this fight? >> we've raised rebecca in church since she was a baby and we've all been very involved in it. we really didn't want her christian life to only be at church. we wanted her to be able to share it everywhere she goes, as
she wants to. >> so of course, mike, this fight isn't over. tell us exactly what happened in court and what do you expect to happen in june? >> yesterday the judge granted a temporary injunction, which means under the legal standard there's a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of the case. basically he upheld the girls' right to free speech that's been upheld by the supreme court and lower courts for decade. it's a well established principle of law that students and teachers do not shed their rights to constitutional free speech when they walk through the schoolhouse gate. if you're in the hallway between classes or on the football field, you're still an american citizen and you get the right to free speech. there's a trial date for next summer but we hope that's not necessary. the school can retract its policy. if they do that, we can restore the rights of these students once again. >> rebecca, who complained about your signs?
>> i don't know. the point is we can still continue to do it regardless of who complained. >> i wondered if one of the football players is jewish or muslim and objects to running under the sign, what would you say to that? >> i would not force them to run under the sign. they don't have to do anything they don't want to do. that's how free speech works. >> are there jewish or muslim students going to the high school? >> no, there's not. >> the community has been 100% in support of the cheerleaders. they've gotten support from all around the country, even around the globe this thing has touched a nerve because people realize religious expression is under fire in many ways on public school campuses. free speech applies to all. at liberty institute we win 99% of these cases because the law really is well established. this is a good reminder to that. >> rebecca, if the court rules against you, what will you do?
>> well, we're still going to want to represent god well and christ well so we're not going to want to break any rules or anything. we'll just use another positive message that doesn't have any scripture on it. >> thank you all for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thanks so much. >> sure. >> vice president joe biden at it again. republicans pouncing on another comment he made on the campaign involving bullets. your "talkback" responses coming up next. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics...
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